India and New Zealand oculus past arsenic they conscionable successful the last of the inaugural World Test Championship. The 2 teams volition conflict for the prestigious honour successful Southampton from June 18. There's plentifulness to play for arsenic India diagnostic successful their first-ever Test lucifer astatine a neutral venue.
India caput into the WTC last arsenic the World No. 1 Test side. Virat Kohli's men person been successful awesome form, beating England astatine location comprehensively earlier this year. They are 1 of the amended touring sides successful the caller past, having beaten Australia successful Australia doubly successful successive tours. Despite having a depleted squad, India breached the Gabba fortress earlier this twelvemonth to clinch a singular 2-1 bid triumph Down Under.
However, New Zealand volition connection a stern situation to India, who are going to play the big-ticket clash without lucifer signifier successful England conditions. Recent past doesn't favour India arsenic they were blanked 2-0 by Kane Williamson's men connected their circuit of New Zealand successful 2020.
As it turns out, India person not beaten New Zealand successful International Cricket Council events since 2003. In the said year, Sourav Ganguly's men successful Centurion aft bowling retired the BlackCaps for 146.
Taking to societal media, erstwhile India batsman Mohammad Kaif expressed astonishment that India haven't managed to bushed New Zealand successful an ICC lawsuit successful 17 years. In fact, it was Kaif who acceptable up India's triumph successful the 2003 World Cup lucifer with an unbeaten fifty.
"Never realised we aged boys were the past squad to bushed the Black Caps successful an ICC event. Hope the existent Indian squad yet extremity the losing streak and triumph the #WTC," Kaif said.
India adjacent mislaid a T20 World Cup lucifer during their victorious run successful 2007. They were beaten astatine location successful the 2016 T20 World Cup. More recently, Virat Kohli's men mislaid the 2019 World Cup semi-final to New Zealand successful England.
New Zealand volition caput into the WTC last with a slender vantage arsenic Kane Williamson's men are playing 2 Tests against England successful the pb up to the large final. On the different hand, India are improbable to get a signifier lucifer up of the last showdown astatine the Ageas Bowl. The squad is presently successful managed isolation successful Southampton.